First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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For those of us who deal with daily pain from Chronic Pancreatitis who depend on pain medication just to make it through the day. Imagine if it were your mother, your wife, your daughter that is suffering with daily pain and there is nothing you can do about it because her doctor won't prescribe the pain medicine that would help her. Now imagine her going through years of this pain and having the medicine she needed only to be taken away. That's what we have been dealing with, not a pleasant way to live, with some of us actually committing suicide because we can't live without pain relief. Would you want your mother, wife, daughter to commit suicide because she can't deal with the pain. Think about it.
Under obamacare I lost my original health insurance. Now under "his" plan my new doctor (I couldn't keep my original) its become clear this doctors will not write any of my for prescriptions from a.doctor at a.top 10 nationally ranked hospital. These new meds are so ineffective that I can not work get I have been denied disability aid. I went from a.contributing citizen to an immobilized human who lost his home,can't support his family and is loving with a surviving parent in fear of what happens next.
Where does this madness end? I don't mean when I mean where? Must we have a major upswing in suicides before those in authority accept responsibility and actually do something that is helpful to the patients and NOT self serving or done at the end of a threat. Must we all become street junkies so we can get "treatment" instead of medical care. Idiocy, sheer idiocy
I was in a head on collision caused by a drunk driver. My injuries have lead to chronic Pancraleatitis due to blunt force trauma and my internal injuries have caused severe scarring and adhesion all through my abdomen. Because of circumstance I have lost my good insurance and have had to go on State medicaid. Being on this insutance, I am not even eligible for Obama Care because I fall below poverty level and if you qualify for state medicaid that negates being able to buy into an Obama Care Insurance. That being said, I cannot go to any Medical University that has a Specialized Pancreatic center for the care I desperately need. I can't have a life saving operation called a TP/AiT due to my State Medicaid won't cover out of State healthcare. So, I am stuck on this proverable hamster wheel of having to depend on Opiate Pain Medications to have what little quality of life it gives. I have been accused of being a drug seeker because the first year of having Chronic Pancreatitis My Family Doctor would not prescribe narcotics, my local GI prescribed very low dose for 3 months and I WS told that He WS limited to only 3 months of prescriptions unless I was a cancer patient. Research from Dr. Whitcomb at Pittsburgh University Medical Center has stated in a seminar that they are finding that Chronic pancreatitis Is more painful the almost all cancers.I lived in the ER and Hospital my first year diagnosed because I could not even get a Pain management Dr. due to Nome would accept State Medicaid. It was by the Grace of God and a hospitalization and the right Dr. that requested a Pain Management Consult in hospital that I finally received proper pain Management. If I had other options that would allow me better quality of Life then having to take Opiates just to function; I would choose the road to becoming non opiate dependent and the journey to a better life. We the people desever proper HOLISTIC Medical Care and Treatment. Road blocks to this care need to be reasseced and rewritten. Dr's should have the right to treat said patients holistically and with compassion. The DEA has made this almost impossible to achieve. I am aware there is a need for a system that monitors such patients, but Physicians should have the write to set these guidlines NOT the DEA or FDA. Give the trust back to the Physians that spent 12+/years training for this very need.
I was in a head on collision caused by a drunk driver. My injuries have lead to chronic Pancraleatitis due to blunt force trauma and my internal injuries have caused severe scarring and adhesion all through my abdomen. Because of circumstance I have lost my good insurance and have had to go on State medicaid. Being on this insutance, I am not even eligible for Obama Care because I fall below poverty level and if you qualify for state medicaid that negates being able to buy into an Obama Care Insurance. That being said, I cannot go to any Medical University that has a Specialized Pancreatic center for the care I desperately need. I can't have a life saving operation called a TP/AiT due to my State Medicaid won't cover out of State healthcare. So, I am stuck on this proverable hamster wheel of having to depend on Opiate Pain Medications to have what little quality of life it gives. I have been accused of being a drug seeker because the first year of having Chronic Pancreatitis My Family Doctor would not prescribe narcotics, my local GI prescribed very low dose for 3 months and I WS told that He WS limited to only 3 months of prescriptions unless I was a cancer patient. Research from Dr. Whitcomb at Pittsburgh University Medical Center has stated in a seminar that they are finding that Chronic pancreatitis Is more painful the almost all cancers.I lived in the ER and Hospital my first year diagnosed because I could not even get a Pain management Dr. due to Nome would accept State Medicaid. It was by the Grace of God and a hospitalization and the right Dr. that requested a Pain Management Consult in hospital that I finally received proper pain Management. If I had other options that would allow me better quality of Life then having to take Opiates just to function; I would choose the road to becoming non opiate dependent and the journey to a better life. We the people desever proper HOLISTIC Medical Care and Treatment. Road blocks to this care need to be reasseced and rewritten. Dr's should have the right to treat said patients holistically and with compassion. The DEA has made this almost impossible to achieve. I am aware there is a need for a system that monitors such patients, but Physicians should have the write to set these guidlines NOT the DEA or FDA. Give the trust back to the Physians that spent 12+/years training for this very need.
We deserve some sort of normalcy in our lives and we should not be left to suffer because of abusers. You have NO CLUE how much pain some of us are in. If I had to give a number on a scale mine is a 10 and above most days and so are the other 928 people in our support group. There are some diseases that are more painful than cancer and there is no end in sight , we suffer for years!
As a chronic pain patient and Ambassador to US Pain Foundation, I am aware of the significant harm the new opioid pain medicine restrictions being implemented nationwide and within each state, Kentucky in particular, are inflicting on both patients and doctors. Understandably, these medicines must not be dispensed or taken without proper knowledge and consent by both doctors and patients. However, the climate of pain care in the US today is one of fear, judgments, stigma, and misunderstanding. Patients are automatically being treated like addicts, and doctors like drug dealers. The DEA has gone too far, and legitimate pain patients are being denied the only mmedications that give them any quality of life, because doctors are afraid and daunted by the Big Brother tactics and overwhelming paperwork that now comes with prescribing scheduled medications. Please put the proper authority back in the hands of our trusted physicians, and take it out of the hands of law enforcement.
It's not right to take away pain Meds from patients who desperately need it. Myself being one. Why am I being punished for someone else's addiction? Now I can't sleep, my nausea is out of control, exercise is unbearable--but I'm being shamed by my doctor for weight gain and being in pain. They should be ashamed.
SOME JERK GETS ADDICTED TO A MEDCATION HE OR SHE TAKES FOR NO REASON SO THE PERSON WHO HAS A LEGITIMATE PAINFUL CONDITION WHO THESE DRUGS ARE LIFE SAVERS IS BEING TOLD NO YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BECAUSE THE WOMAN DOWN THE STREET GOT ADDICTED TO IT. IT'S NOT THE PAIN PATINET WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADDICT GETTING DRUGS FOR NO REASON IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. WHY NOT START TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART MEDS AWAY I'M SURE SOME IDIOT TOOK TOO MUCH HEART MEDS AND DIED SO NO ONE SHOULD HAVE THAT. CIGARETTES SHOULD BE BANNED, ALCOHOL BANNED, ANTI DEPRESSANTS BANNED. THIS IS CRUEL AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. EVEN DOCTORS WHO ARE GREEDY WANT PATIENTS THROWN OFF THEIR MEDS SO THEY CAN COME BY AND TELL THEM THE PAIN ISN'T REAL AND THEY ARE JUST NOTHING BUT ADDICTS AND THEN SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE GIVE US $50,000 AND WELL PUT YOU ON SUBOXONE FOR A MONTH THEN TAKE IT AWAY AND THE HELL WITH YOU. DON'T THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT THESE SO CALLED COMPASSIONATE DOCTORS "PROP" GIVE A S- ABOUT YOU EITHER THEY JUST WANT THE MONEY WHEN THEY STOP GIVING PAIN MEDS TO LEGITIMATE PATIENTS. THEN THEY STEP IN AND GIVE THEM USELESS REHAB THAT HAS LESS THAN 10% CHANCE OF WORKING. DR. DREW SAID THE GUY FROM TAXI PROBABLY WAS DRIVEN BACK TO OPIATES DUE TO HIS CHRONIC PAIN. WHAT A BRILLIANT REMARK THE PERSON IN PAIN FINALLY CAVED IN AND TOOK SOME PAIN PILLS SO THE PAIN WOULD STOP THERE FOR HE IS AN ADDICT??? WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS ARE THEY AND ISNT IT BETTER TO BE A FUNCTIONING PERSON WHO IS DRUG DEPENDENT OR IS IT BETTER TO BE USELESS AND IN BED.
We want harassment of Doctors to stop just for giving us help with pain.
All I want is to be able to live a somewhat pain free life. I know it is possible, before the DEA started messing with the doctors I was able to sleep and walk , exercise. Now I'm over weight and in chronic pain 24hrs. a day. I don't think life is worth it anymore. The DEA will be responsible for my demise.
I don't think the folks in the DEA, FDA, HHS or Government in general, really care how long the trail of abandoned pain patients is that they leave behind from their decision to reschedule hydrocodone containing drugs. Their only concern is that after 20 or so years and millions of taxpayer money they have succeeded in rescheduling the ONE drug they've been after all this time; and they based this decision on 573 comments on their gov website that was hardly advertised at the time of voting for this change. They based it on numbers of ER visits, deaths and MIXTURE of illicit drugs in the 100 thousands, maybe less. While pain patients number in the 100+ millions.

They took it upon themselves to "THINK" and "SPEAK ON MY BEHALF" believing I give a rat's*****about the kid who OD's on mixing other drugs with hydrocodone while his parents are more concerned about their BMW sitting in the garage or his dad who's more worried about being caught having and affair with the office secretary. OR the mother working 60 hours a week and doesn't find time to talk with her child.

Hydrocodone, alone, was never the sole contributor in these deaths it was always a mixing illicit drugs WITH hydrocodone.

That's right, DEA has been after this ONE medication! Failed attempt after failed attempt at rescheduling; this overdue and costly victory will define their legacy in these agencies. The lot of them are NOT going to back down now. The failed war on drugs is the least of their worries at this point. They are basking in their glory as we speak. To HELL with patients whose doctors QUIT prescribing them the pain meds that allowed them to function daily but never eliminating the pain completely. These folks in government care not what the ill effects are just that they FINALLY go their way with this ONE drug. It's not like they will ever succeed in the drug war so the chalk this up with a "thumbs up" and pats on each others backs. My pain management doctor told me that the new regulations on hydrocodone were TOO MUCH TROUBLE for him to continue prescribing them to me. His office staff informed me that he didn't order any triplicate prescription pads which are required now. NONE. He's just not gonna deal with the DEA and his patients are the ones who are suffering. He told me at the last apt that a whole lot of people were mad about the rescheduling. Go figure!

Government officials with the ability to REPEAL this atrocity of a decision should do so NOW!! Before they have more blood on their hands via suicides.
They should really consider who they are putting out of commission by not letting them function and do their activities of daily living. My pain meds put food on our table and tax money in their pockets. It was bad enough that I couldn't even get the proper medical care to remedy the problem and forget getting on disability. Now they don't even want me to cook dinner for my family? Where's Hitler when you need him! I mean really"!
Unconstitutional, inhumane, there is blood on the hands of those that have prevented treatment of debilitating conditions. They should be criminally charged with crimes against humanity! Disgraceful for any part of government to interfere and directly cause Americans to suffer and contemplate, or even worse commit suicide, because they are refused treatment!
I've been on pain management since 2000 (my body was crushed in an accident) and while originally told I'd be on oxycontin "for the rest of my life". I'm now on vicodin, which I break in half just to get out of bed each day. I take far less than what's prescribed, I'm able to function, but without these meds I would be bedridden. I don't get a buzz off my medicine. I get to live a semi-decent life. Never pain free, but bearable. The laws are becoming insane due to the ones taking these for fun! And yes- totally with pot for treating a rainbow spectrum of health problems- and hallelujah it's FINALLY being recognized for the miracle drug it's always been! In Georgia, however, that won't happen anytime soon. I follow the rules. The rules keep changing. So far I'm still one of the lucky ones, though I don't know how much longer that will last as long as the feds keep pulling my treatments away from me and those like me who just want to get through a day without agony.
I do hope all the sufferers can find an organized group to deliver the message of the results this Government decisions has had on their now low quality of life.
I had cancer that caused chronic pain.The government is stopping doctors from helping.
I, too, am a disabled RN from 25 yrs of service and it saddens me to see how the DEA & FDA have turned on accredited, board certified pain management physicians (not to mention the PCP's that will no longer treat their regular patients for chronic pain). As a "pain patient" myself, I've felt the humiliation and degradation simply because I have pain that has not been responsive to interventional procedures, and "Yes" I truly am allergic to NSAIDS (have had three systemic reactions!--plus NSAIDS cause more GI damage (increased hospital costs and long time consequences) than opiates so many times long-term, low dose opiates are the only answer. Yet, due to the DEA & FDA, rather than consider the best interests of the patient, physicians are forced to think of themselves and what will keep the DEA away! Patients suffer until they cannot take the pain anymore. If they were a cardiac or diabetic patient, they would have no problem getting treatment for the rest of their life but chronic pain? Well, the patient will be forced to deal with it in an illegal fashion or commit suicide. Neither are acceptable but the DEA & FDA haven't left pain patients another choice. Please back off and let doctors treat their patients like they were trained to do.
With the increasing numbers of patients who have been harmed and died because of surgeons implanting medical mesh, access to pain management is crucial to their quality of life. Not being able to get these medications is atrocious. These medications often need to be taken and cannot be discontinued abruptly. For example anti seizure medications and anti-depressant medications. Seriously adverse effects will happen with abruptly stopping these medications. When a definite cause of pain is established, the management of that pain needs to be left to the patient and treating doctor.
I am a nearly 50 year old electrician with three herniated disks in my low back. I have worked construction for the past 28 years and am unable to retire until the age of 55. I need to work everyday as i still have four kids at home(the youngest is 8). I have seen several physicians who have told me that back surgery would be not only very risky for me, it may have little or no affect on the pain. Without pain medication, I will be unable to continue to support my family and will ultimately lose my medical insurance,our home and the ability to pay for my kids school. Please consider all of the families in America whose rights you are violating through this ill conceived policy of suffering!
Excerpts from politicians, left and right:
1/22/2015 (story on MSN.com)

NOTE: although off HCPs, their comments unilaterally and unequivocally SHOULD pertain to ALL Americans with all types of ailments!

Chronic Pain Patient's lives MATTER TOO!!
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Obama, in the West to promote his State of the Union economic and education agenda, embraced the same 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that the protesters were vilifying.

He said that decision "reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters."
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"I urge my colleagues to stand with the hundreds of thousands of people out on the Mall right now by voting for this bill," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "Stand up and commit to creating an America that values every life."
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The debate took a turn for the personal, when Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., referred to "hypocrites on the other side of the aisle who have counseled their own girl friends to have abortions. It's legal."

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., a doctor who opposes abortion rights, once urged a patient he was dating to seek an abortion.
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No. 4 House GOP leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, told the crowd that having her 7-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, has intensified her commitment to the anti-abortion fight.

"Every child and every life is a gift," she said.
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It's both saddening and sickening how hypocritical they ARE. They serve only themselves and those with money.
People with legitimate pain are being treated as though they are running cartels. Many of us have been on pain killers for a while and now doctors tell us "no more pain meds''. I know a woman who had cancer and her doctor said no more pain meds and so she killed herself because of the pain. The DEA needs to stop the war on pain patients. Please help us. Thank you.
I am disabled and suffer with chronic pain. I can not tolerate hydocodone and do not want to go on the stronger opiates for as long as I can avoid it. I have tried physical therapy which caused my pain to increase and injections into my back only help for a couple weeks. Oral steroids help but long term use is counterproductive. I have been controlling my pain with gabapentin, tramadol, flexeril and limiting my activities. I moved to a county in TN recently that will not even give me refills on TRAMADAL! This is even though legally I should be able to get up to five according to the pharmacist. I can not afford to pay outrageous office visit fees ( I'm charged full price each time) every month for her to just give me a written RX. Not only is it costly but it causes me increased pain from the driving, sitting for the mandatory hour it's seems to take them to get to me, the walking I have to do. I have PAIN that increases when my activity level increases but forced to this because doctors here do not want to take any chances with the DEA and besides the doctor is making a killing with office visit fees. To get some relief I have turned to a more natural treatment that should be legalized at both state and federal. It helps keep the pain tolerable. It's less expensive and I can get it delivered.
My husband is going through all this right now. His Dr. left the practice and now none of the other doctors will write his monthly prescriptions that he has been taking for years. Said he must wait until they can see him...in three months! All the addicts in this country are ruining any quality of life the chronic pain sufferer could have.
I was injuried in 2000. And before the accident I was a suffer of fibromyalgia. After going through all the injections with no results and living in constant pain Doctor at the time decided to treatment me with maintance medication constiting of muscle relaxers, pain meds and aniexty meds due to PTSD and helpse shut down my mind at night. Was placed on disability. Fast forward. 2011 had MVA severe head injury, lost short term memory and now pain is beyond belief. Never changed level of medication and continued with maintance even though at times it is unbearable. MoMoved due yo spouse getting better job. Finally found a "pain specialist" he refused to write any of my maintance meds. Put me on medication you would treat someone that pulled muscle or sprained their ankle.
I am unable to.function now. I have difficulty in walking and my anxiety and nightmares is too the point I am ready for it to end. I am only sleeping about 30-1 hr a night during to severe spasms and pain that is off the 1-10 chart.
They refuse to help me. The say no one in Arkansas will write the meds I am on due to the new laws and new regulations. . I am not a dope head or junkie. I have never sold my pain medication and never well. Please help is. Before it is to late for some
A LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER, DISABLED, LABELED AND LEFT TO SUFFER, I AM DISGUSTED AND APPALLED THAT OUR COUNTRY IS ALLOWING MYSELF AND OTHERS JUST LIKE ME TO BE RIDICULED AND MADE TO SUFFER, FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON. LETS BAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO A PRODUCTIVE LIFE WITH LESS PHYSICAL PAIN!
The DEA needs to LAY OFF. The War on Drugs is an abject and utter failure - and that is NOT because of chronic pain patients like the DEA and the mainstream media want you to believe. There is NOT an "epidemic" of prescription drug overdoses - in fact, of all the people that died in this country last year, something like 0.8% of those were due to overdoses, and the large portion of those overdoses were due to unregulated drugs like heroin, NOT prescription pain medicine. Some epidemic, huh? The overdoses that do occur are NOT the fault of chronic pain patients - we don't sell our medication because we need it to relieve our suffering, and most of us don't even become addicts. Yes, we become dependent on medication, but that is completely different than becoming an addict - look up the definitions of "tolerance," "dependence," and addiction and learn something, my dear DEA agents! Anyone who follows this issue knows that the drug issues in this country are largely supported by the government - we all know that the CIA and other parts of the government import heroin, cocaine, and yes, prescription medications into this country and sell it on the streets to fund their deep black ops - they've been doing it for decades and have even been CAUGHT doing it, and yet it continues. Meanwhile, chronic pain patients are being blamed and punished for the fact that these drugs are on the street - because you need someone to blame other than yourselves. Meanwhile, good people are losing their battle with pain and are choosing suicide more and more often because of Draconian DEA policies regarding pain care.
This HAS to stop! I left a pain dr. who was treating me badly-when I left-he changed my file to say I was fired. Since I was a Pain Patient-it made it near impossible to find a new pain dr. I wrote a bad review and then this pain dr./anesth. sued me for 100K. I was & am disabled. I couldn't fight a Dr. who made 500K a year. Pain patients have NO WHERE to turn and have no rights. We are already suffering and are in so much pain we want to die-things like this push us over the edge! Please some one help! I was in my mid 30's when this happened to me. Without my husband I would have committed suicide. I was raised poor, by an abusive parent, then put in foster homes. I became emancipated at 16. I NEVER experienced more fear & desperation than the time when this dr. ravaged my life.
I am a law-abiding, disabled nurse. I have a terrible bladder disease, along with several other related medical conditions. I have always been a good, passionate advocate for my patients who were suffering. Now, I fear I am going to be let-down and abandoned by my own professional peers, because of YOU. I have had a failed sacral nerve stimulator and a failed spinal cord stimulator trial. I've had my bladder nerves partially surgically severed TWICE, and have tried various oral treatments to try to manage intractable pain. I have suffered for over a decade. Now, I have an intrathecal morphine pain pump, and I take oral pain medication for breakthrough pain as needed. I am also receiving painful Botox injections, 20-25 injections at a time, in my bladder in an effort to control the pain. I am very afraid. I, too, have been treated like a criminal or an addict over the years, humiliated, judged, and turned away for pain management or have had difficulty filling a legal, conservative prescription for pain medicine. I have a family that loves me, BUT, if I am abandoned to this pain, if you continue to butt in where you have no moral or ethical authority, if you continue to frighten and intimidate my doctors and pharmacists, YOU are going to drive me to go against everything I stand for and against my own religious convictions, and I am going to end up choosing suicide, not because I want to rationally do that, but because when I am suffering in wretched, hellish pain, I won't be able to think clearly or to stand it. And this will be on YOU. IT WILL BE ON YOU. Do not put those of us that are suffering in this desperate, heartbreaking situation. You need to please BACK OFF. You're causing a great deal of harm, additional pain and suffering, and deeply traumatic humiliation. Shame on you! But you can change your actions, re-empower our health care professionals, validate pain patients' concerns, and turn the tide of public opinion. Please, do something positive and help change the laws to strengthen protections for pain patients, doctors, and pharmacies. If it would help to have pain patients or health care professionals testify before any committee or even at the higher levels of government, then by all means, I am willing to do that. But please, do something to help us, and soon. And please help our veterans in pain. They deserve our help right now.
I've been treated for pain for over ten years. These new restrictions are causing problems. Twice in the last three months I had to go over a week without any pain medication. My doctor said she was unable to do anything because of the restrictions put on pain medication.
When I went on vacation I wanted to have enough medication until I returned. The doctor couldn't do anything. I went a week without pain meds until I returned and was able to see my doctor. Last month my regular doctor was gone and a different doctor gave me a prescription. But he made a mistake and wrote the prescription for a lower dose than what I was supposed to get. I called and was told that I should take four and one half pills instead of the usual three per day. When I ran out I went in was was told they could not write a prescription until a full month went by. My doctor did write a prescription a few days early. I went to the drugstore and was told they couldn't fill it until a few days went by. Do you care about people with chronic pain? Talk about government getting between a patient and their doctor!!! This is ridiculous. Please reconsider and let doctors prescribe what the think the patient needs.
My mother has diabetes and ms. Its hard enough for her as it is as she suffers from chrinic pain and i was outraged that she drove all over town and not one pharmacy would fill her pain medication that she has been taking for years . She doesnt know what to do she is suffering and nobody cares. This is a stupid policy and i do fear real pain suffering patients will live in a tremendous amount of pain and even worst die.
This is unacceptable over reach. I am diagnosed with a condition that causes excruciating pain. when I need a pain pill it is because I am having an attack. The only other option is to try to lay still and not scream from the pain.
I have a broken tooth and have waited a month to get in to have it removed. I have spent a month in agonizing pain and can't get the pain medicine I need. I can't imagine having cancer or a similar issue and having to deal with this CRAP. The drug addicts in my area simply shifted to heroin. I have a lifelong friend in the military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was told he would be eradicating poppy fields in Afghanistan. Instead he and others provided armed guard service for a poppy field/ heroin laboratory. Cargo planes came from Europe with skids of cash and left with skids of heroin. Men in suits and glasses were everywhere. What a joke the "war on drugs" is. If this were a free country I could go to a pharmacy and pay for what I need- end of story. Get the government out of our business!
I have a broken tooth and have waited a month to get in to get it pulled. I cant get any pain killers that I need because of this beaurocratic nightmare. I cant imagine how horrible it would be to have cancer or something similar and not get the medication needed.
It is truly a disgrace how doctors, pharmacists, true chronic pain patients are treated; Have they looked into how many pain patients kill themselves because of the lack of fair medical treatment and much needed meds? I often feel like I would be much better off to take matters into my own hands because of the disgrace of the healthcare system!
The DEA, government should go after the illegals and drug dealers instead of US Citizens with chronic pain!
I'm 32 and can't work, function daliy because of the ****ed up World I live in!
Stop the torture of chronic pain suffers after all if an animal had as much pain as i do now people would put them to sleep!!! You are going to drive the suicide rate up and now people in pain can not even have a life at all!!!
Please stop the persecution and punishment of legitimate chronic pain sufferers, who have no treatment options other than pain medication, and stop the persecution, punishment, and harassment of the few considerate, understanding doctors who write prescriptions for pain medicines to their long suffering patients. Thank you.
i suffer from osteoarthritis and it is very painful. I cannot manage it without the help of pain medication.
Ketamine is the safest drug for long term chronic pain use. It also treats depression and is neuroprotective too. But it has almost no side effects when used at sub-dissociative doses so drug companies are not interested because it is cheap and you can work on it without getting sicker as a result. Yet no doctor in Oregon will prescribe daily doses and it is only available to the wealthy. It is safer than opioids, NSAIDS, and Cannabis. Why isn't it available and encouraged?
I had back surgery in 2011 after 16 years of my back going out. Surgery didn't work so I had another surgery 2 months afterward. That surgery didn't work and I was told that while they were fixing issues I had, that a large portion of my spinal nerve sheath had worn away and would not regenerate. They also call it failed back syndrome. My nerve pain begins in my lower back, hip, entire leg, groin, foot and toes. The pain feels different with many symptoms but I would say the worst is when it feels like someone is cutting slowly into my bones and flesh. I say slowly because it doesn't go away. Not to mention I am also sensitive to touch, so if something or someone touches me it about kills me. I'm trying to give some idea of some of the pain but even with this, it's difficult to articulate perfectly enough so that someone like Congress, DEA or a President can understand. If you did understand, you certainly wouldn't punish chronic pain patients. I also had surgery and had a neuro-stimulator implanted, to try to avoid having to take drugs and have a normal life. The implant does help, but the pain is so outrageous that it didn't work the way the doctor had hoped. Please let the doctor's do their job! They went to Medical School so they can take care of their patients and do not go to Washington DC and write new Bills to make your job harder! Stop punishing us for the crimes of other people!!! Or, Legalize Medical Marijuana so we can cut back on our medication!
a felon has more medical rights as well as advocates to speak for them then I do. I also believe it is unhealthy to carry hatred toward any other person, to think that a Supreme court ruling carries no weight in regards to disbursement of pain medication to disabled persons.
Recently medically discharge Veteran. (100% P&T from VA & waiting on SSDI with lawyers on retainer.)
I'm Located in Southwest Florida, & I have a great Pain Management Doctor. (I never use the VA here in Florida because it is a joke! It was wonderful in California though.)
My Pain management physician prescribes me exactly what he wants me on, & really listens to me! I'm probably one of the most proactive persons out there in regards to my treatment. I do my pool therapy daily, use my inversion table daily & my EMPI IF3WAVE unit extensively....
However my problem is getting my legit necessary prescriptions filled at any pharmacy. (all the excuses you can imagine.) It's just appalling!
So I fought, got stabbed, blow up & shot at just to come home and not be able to receive the prescribed medications that I'm needed to function on a daily basis.... This is the most disgusting & disrespectful thing I've ever had to deal with.
This is unconstitutional & something needs to be done! I'm searching for class actions lawsuits, but am having a difficult time finding a legal team to start this process. (Just imagine the millions of dollars these lawyers could stand to make from this issue! When people start dying & shooting up pharmacies maybe then in will sink in. I however doubt it!)
Sincerely,
Pharmacies biggest fan
I have been unable to care for myself because I can't get medicine I need to be somewhat out of pain. Because of this my biggest fear is coming true. I will lose my job and be on disability and someone will have to take care of me. I have worked all my life and just want to be a productive member of society. This is in humane and I will advocate and fight for others!
Something needs to be done...And quickly.
I should'nt even mention the pain and situation i have because it doesn't even matter to the communist like govenment we have but i will anyways,so here it is.....to make a long story short, 6 yrs. ago i went to my dr. and complained to him that i had severe pain in my groin area.. i told him that i basically had the pain ever since i was a kid but as i got older the pain became much worse. i told him where it hurt and how painful it was getting to walk let alone work so he took xrays of my hip..xrays showed that my right hip was bone on bone..he gave me a referral to see an ortho and a prescription of 750/500 to help relieve the pain and what a difference it made.. i finally had pain relief after all those years of suffering! at my ortho appointment the dr. told me that i was born with hip dysplasia and need a hip replacement..but he added that since i was only 36yrs old, insurance companies rarely cover it since im considered too young and will out live it and would need two on the right hip..now im 42 and both hips are hurting and the new "pain management" dr. tells me there's nothing wrong with my hip and is cutting me off meds..

these pain meds restrictions are not about the addictions or abuse they claim..they could care less about you.. its all about the billions of dollars they're losing when illegal drug users and dealers are turning to prescription drugs for a high or a profit...they aren't seizing all of the illegal drugs, money, bank accounts, property deeds etc from those drug dealers in those lucrative drug busts like they were before this so called "epidemic" ...that disgusting stinky drug called marijuana finally became legal because the government couldnt stop the growers from keeping all that money to themselves so they made it legal.. now chemists can grow better stuff and steal the money from the dealers...how come beer, wine etc is legal but moonshine is not...its not because of the dangers its associated with by making it wrong and maybe poisening you...its because the government isnt getting penny of the money.. if they really care about the peoples safety by making it the law for wearing seatbelts in a car, why not do something different that they would absolutely not want to do like community service for a day instead of making them pay a small fine and keep on doing it ...all of those greediness things are ok with me but why do you have to pick on and bully the innocent and weak? thats not fair!!

to all the pain sufferers out there i wish you the best of luck in finding the relief you need to go on with your everyday lives ....just remember to keep the faith!!

and to Washington/DEA/FDA....nobody here deserves to live their lives in excruciating pain...get the bad guys not us :(
i am in constant pain from fibro and sclerosis in my right hip. It is absolutely humiliating being treated like some drug addict in order to get my Norco script filled. Certain provisions should have been made to protect the patient also!!!!!
I sustained a cervical spine injury at the age of 19. I now take Norco every day for pain all over my body. I am upset that the medication I have to take every day is becoming harder to obtain. I do not abuse my medication & actually have reduced my own dose intake over the years. It is unfair that the DEA is making it hard or impossible for us people who truthfully need this medication to function normally day to day.
Chronic pain patients should not be punished for the small amount of people that abuse the system. Pharmacist and doctors don't have the right to judge us until they or one of their loved ones have walked in our shoes. I urge that you take another look at the policy and join forces with those that live with chronic pain and find a better solution. At the age of 15 years old I was taken by my boyfriends friend he took me two plus hours out of state for almost twenty four hours and proceeded to do horrific and vile things to me including strangling me several times fracturing my neck. I lived with this pain because doctors didn't want to believe that something was wrong with me. Now in my fourtys I've had three cervial spinal surgeries. The side effects and the memories are with me for life. In addition all the pharmacies don't stock my pain medicine and most of them have very bad bed side manners. Without my medication I am barely able to make it out of bed and through the day. I am trapped in this body mentally, physically and physiologically. I have earned a Bachlor's Degree, taken courses towards my MBA and almost married 16 years. Chronic pain patients need to continue to stick together and fight this battle. Thank you in advance for listening. Lets fight the good fight together!!!
I have suffered with chronic illness and associated pain since my mid twenties. I struggled for many years through medications that didn't work or made me sick. I suffered through doctors who didn't understand my small stature and over prescribed medicines that only held my pain at bay. I struggled with medicines that made me sleep all the time but at least numbed the pain. Finally, in my early 40s, I found a doctor who understood and got me on the RIGHT medicines that actually help. Unfortunately we had to move and change doctors. Now I live in an area in Florida where all the doctors are afraid to help their pain patients. I went through 4 doctors who treated me either terribly or simply looked at me and stated "there's nothing we can do for you here" before finding my current one and even she is hesitant to write my one prescription. If I have to go to a pain clinic that is another cost to endure that I cannot afford. It's bad enough my insurance company no longer covers my medicine and I'm forced to pay for it out of pocket because it's the ONLY thing that works. I want to go back to college and begin working again but I need my medications for those really bad days so that I can function. Someone needs to remind doctors that we look to them for help in keeping our quality of life bearable and reasonable. They are our life raft and if there is no raft we may drown.

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